Edward is highly experienced in all aspects of family law but particularly financial remedies (including civil partnerships). He has specific expertise in dealing with complex high net worth matters involving family businesses, farms, companies and trusts. He is also very experienced in equitable co-ownership cases under TOLATA. Particularly well known for his family finance work, he is widely recognised as one of the "Leaders at the Bar".
Edward has for many years been listed in Band One of “Leaders at the Bar” in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for his family finance work.
In Chambers 2019 Edward is listed as a Leader of the Bar both for the Western Circuit and for the South-Eastern Circuit: "Exceptional in terms of preparation and has a straightforward but compassionate negotiation style." "A master of detail who inspires great confidence in both instructing solicitors and lay clients." "He quickly grasps the issues in the most complex of cases and is able to convey advice clearly and concisely." "His reputation, creativity and client care make him stand out from the crop." "A highly impressive advocate who is exceptionally good with clients."
The Chambers 2018 edition said: "Edward Boydell is Head of the family finance team, with over two decades' experience advising on matrimonial finance. He regularly represents high net worth clients in cases involving challenging assets such as farms, family companies and overseas trusts. Strengths: Ed is an outstanding senior junior. He is clearly very bright and a brilliant advocate, who has no reservations about ruffling a few feathers if that is in his client's interests." "Edward Boydell is superb and shows great attention to detail. He has an easy rapport with clients and an extraordinary ability to master and absorb complex cases." "His reputation, creativity and client care very much make him stand out from the crop. He is an exceptional advocate with a very good grasp of detail." "He is very calm and methodical, and good with clients."
The Chambers 2017 edition said: "always exceptionally prepared, he is a fantastic negotiator and advocate who suits almost every client due to his versatile personality." "Excellent client-handling and thorough analytical skills."His reputation, creativity and client care very much make him stand out from the crop. He is an exceptional advocate with a very good grasp of detail." "He is very calm and methodical, and good with clients."
Edward is also listed as a "Leading Junior" in Band One of the 2018 Legal 500. The 2017 edition described him as "a match for any silk" and the 2016 Legal 500 which notes that he is "a clear and analytical barrister, who has an excellent client manner that inspires confidence."
Edward is available to conduct Private FDRs. He is one of relatively few Recorders to be ticketed to hear Family Finance appeals and has over 12 years experience of sitting in the family courts.
Recent cases include
- H v H: H’s application to terminate PPs of over £45,000 pa 13 years after divorce. H sought an immediate termination, W a substantial replacing lump sum. Court determined an immediate termination. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Rita Gupta of LGFL. Ann Hussey QC for W instructed by Wilsons.
- M v M: £10m case concerning property holdings and waste management businesses in Hampshire. Edward Boydell instructed by Simon Burge of Blake Morgan LLP for H. Nicholas Francis QC (now Francis J) instructed by Neil Davies of Paris Smith LLP for W.
- X v X: c£25m case concerning a pre-nuptial agreement under which W receives 30% of the combined family wealth subject to a minimum sum. Issues included W’s case that 30% would not provide for her needs and calculation disputes as to the assets. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Erica Shelton and Charlotte Posnasky of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Nigel Dyer QC and Thomas Brudenell instructed by Blick & Co. for W.
- P v P: c£5M case in which it was alleged that W had attempted to commit fraud by forging court documents leading to a final consent order in 2007. H applied to set aside the orders and matter was eventually compromised before Mostyn J. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons was led by Nicholas Francis QC. Kingsley Napley for H.
- GS v L: c£4M case concerning the applicability of a post-nuptial settlement signed by the parties in Spain after 2 years of a 10 year marriage. Further issues were raised such as the relevance of pre-acquired assets and whether the court should have regard to the types and range of orders that would be made if the case were being heard in Spain, the family being essentially Spanish and all residing in Madrid. The case was heard over 7 days before Eleanor King J. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons against Kate Davidson QC for W (Thomas Eggar). Case now reported as GS v L  EWHC 1759 (Fam) and GS v L  EWHC 2116 (Fam) (costs)
- S v S: Parties agreed to divide £40M equally after a long marriage. Both parties wished to retain a French chateau bought and restored over the last 9 years of the marriage. Single issue hearing to determine who should retain the chateau fought over 3 days before Sir Hugh Bennett. Edward Boydell led by Nicholas Francis QC for H (Wilsons). Nicholas Cusworth QC and Stewart Leech for W instructed by Payne Hicks Beach (Fiona Shackleton)
- B v B: c£5M farming case. H and W farmed large estate held largely in H’s family trusts over long marriage. There were issues as to relevance of inherited wealth and resources. Compromised shortly before trial in May 2012. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons against Jennifer Roberts QC. (Alexiou Fisher Phillips - Jeremy Fisher).